Local matters

The way in which the greatest ambitions sometimes appear in an intense desire to achieve very limited goals can be quite stunning. Look at the constitutional bill, here in Iceland. It’s been created in a highly unusual way, through open consultation between a first elected, then appointed, council and the public. It has evoked interest […]


One problem with referenda is the forced choice: In a referendum I am given options that may not reflect the relevant choice. In the first Icesave referendum this was clearly the case: Parliament allows the government to sign an agreement given that a certain debt to the British and the Dutch is to be paid. […]

Lives of Constitutions

Tom Ginsburg, a legal scholar from Chicago, specializing in constitutions was in Iceland last week to talk about the draft constitution, which, unfortunately, seems on the verge of being put aside by the parliament. Currently the draft is being discussed as a constitutional bill, but due to the sustained attacks on it by legal scholars […]